Posted on 08/17/2010 at 03:04 PM by Global Reach

The 25th anniversary of the Iowa Culture and Language Conference (ICLC) is November 1-3, 2010. The conference will be held in a NEW PLACE!  The beautiful setting on the Iowa River welcomes you to the:
Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
300 E. 9th St.
Coralville, IA 52241

The facility is an educator’s dream! It is decorated with artwork from Iowa artists and has a library dedicated to only Iowa authors. The colors are vibrant and welcoming and the service is exceptional!

We have moved to November 1-3, 2010. On Monday, November 1st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., we will hold the pre-conference workshops being offered by some very renowned presenters:

1)    Jane Hill and Ann Lundquist from McREL out of Denver, Colorado – “Language Development… What’s Leadership Got to do with it?
2)    Linda New Levine , Vero Beach, Florida – “Strategies to Differentiate Instruction for English Language Learners”
3)    Rebecca Freeman-Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  – “Ensuring Shared Responsibility for English Language Learners:  Leadership for Change”
4)    Nancy Cloud – East Greenwich, Rhode Island -  “Research-Based Literacy Practices for English Language Learners”

The excitement continues as we explode with a list of presenters found at national conferences! Check out the list of speakers and their topics for Tuesday, November 2nd and Wednesday, November 3rd on our website. The speakers represent organizations from the Midwest to Florida and to California! Unique to the conference this year will be the cultural offerings of Yume Hidaka from Japan who is brought to us from the University of Iowa and Karen Wachsmuth. There should be something for everyone with topics from math, science, social studies, and reading—appealing to our general audiences as well as the ELL populations!

Panels and forums that will cover a wide range of topics will add another dimension of all their own to the conference. Topics vary from the session “African Experts Share News from the Bor Region of Sudan and Insights on How to Support Children from Africa in School” to the “Special Education Forum” lead by Eric Neessen with the Iowa Department of Education and joined by Amy Weinmann from D.C., as well as Sandra Fernandez and Jessie Myles with Midwest Equity Assistance Center at Kansas State.

Sessions will begin both days with the opening keynote speakers presenting from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

Tuesday  promises to be an inspirational start with Aida Walqui from WestEd out of San Francisco, California  speaking on “Academic Achievement for All: What does it mean for English Language Learners?” Wednesday will sizzle with the opening hot topic “The Crisis in Current U.S. Immigration Policy” with the country’s leading expert, Roger Rosenthal, from Washington D.C.

Although Tuesday’s sessions will wrap up around 5 p.m., there is more to come! Please join us for another cultural experience at the evening banquet starting at 6:30 p.m. End your day with the cultural performances provided by “the Brown Otter Singers Song and Dance Group” and “Bahri Karacay and Turkana”.

Wednesday will be another full day of excellent speakers and will include our awards’ luncheon. There will also be four panel/forums that will help close the conference for us.

A large number of Iowa presenters will be scheduled at various points throughout the conference to cover subjects on many of the conference strands. Be sure to support your fellow educators who walk in our very shoes and can relate to what we do day-in and day-out.

The 25th anniversary of the ICLC is proving to be a very special one indeed with a list of extremely informative and engaging speakers. We hope that you can join us for this opportunity to share in the cultural immersion of some of the state of Iowa’s finest moments.

Be sure to visit our website for further information and registration forms:


Registration Highlights
Pre-Conference rates are $115 and $150
Early bird registration deadline is Sept. 15th and rate is $125
Standard conference rate Sept. 16 to Oct. 22 is $140
Late registrants Oct. 23rd or later - $190
No refunds after October 20th, 2010

The mission of the Iowa Culture and Language Conference is to advocate for culturally and/or linguistically diverse students and their families, educators, and service providers.

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